Episode
32

Overcoming Injury, Setback And Fear

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Mark Matthews
by Flow Research Collective
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32
January 20, 2021
Competition has been a driver in me taking more risk.
Mark Matthews

Our guest today is Mark Matthews, an Australian professional big wave surfer with  a truly extraordinary story.

On 25 October 2016 Matthews was working on a photographic shoot on the south coast of New South Wales when he was injured. He was being double towed in 6–8 foot waves when he was caught in a wave and landed feet first on a reef. He suffered, " a broken leg, a dislocated knee, two snapped ligaments, major nerve damage, and an artery that tore lengthways, filling his leg with blood" and he was fortunate not to have his leg amputated.

He has deconstructed, fine-tuned, and personalized emotion and resilience techniques to successfully strengthen one’s mindset and sustain long term performance.

These techniques have helped him win an unprecedented three consecutive Oakley Big Wave Awards and cement him as one of the best big waves surfers in the world. 

You are in for a treat as we discuss how his learnings can be applied in everyday life and business.

ABOUT THE EPISODE

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • 2016 Wipeout (4:05)
  • Mark’s closeout (6:43)
  • Mark’s recovery (11:36)
  • Gratitude during hard situations (13:03)
  • The power of adaptation (15:14)
  • How to deal with pain (18:38)
  • Antidepressants & codependency (20:17)
  • How to psychologically manage pain (22:40)
  • Flow states & surf (25:16)
  • How to get past fear (29:43)
  • Task vs Ego orientation (32:05)
  • The secret to peak performance (36:36)
  • Competition as a flow trigger (38:08)
  • You can’t be in a flow state forever (42:45)
  •  The positive psychology basics (43:36)
  • Fear, anxiety, and excitement at the neurobiological level (48:07)



ABOUT THE GUEST

Mark has made a living achieving the unfathomable: crossing the intersection of danger and excitement. He knows all too well the crippling grasp of fear.

While in Tasmania, fifteen feet in front of a cliff in cold, shark-infested waters, Mark hit a reef and instantly blacked out. Terror engulfed every inch of his being. Neck braced and hospital-ridden, he didn’t know if he could ever surf again. At that moment, Mark made a decision never to allow fear to overpower him again.

 He has deconstructed, fine-tuned, and personalized emotion and resilience techniques to successfully strengthen one’s mindset and sustain long term performance. These techniques have helped him win an unprecedented three consecutive Oakley Big Wave Awards and cement him as one of the best big waves surfers in the world. 


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